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U.S. Service Academy Nominations


One of the great honors of a member of Congress is to recommend young people for a future of extraordinary service to America through attending college at a U.S. Service Academy, then serving in the military for at least 5 years.  Congressman Palmer and the Academy Advisory Board review students’ nomination applications, conduct formal interviews and nominate students who apply to the following U.S. Service Academies:

A nomination from your U.S. Congressman is one of several nomination options required for applying to a U.S. Service Academy.  More detailed information can be found on our page Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Academy Nomination.

Nomination Timeline:

Sophomore and Junior Year – Research requirements and majors for each academy; take standardized ACT/SAT tests until you have a competitive score; meet with cadets and alumni; tour the academy in person; train for the physical fitness assessment; and meet medical requirements by the Department of Defense.

March – Students apply for summer programs at the academies and begin preliminary applications to an academy

May – Our office will receive applications from rising seniors

September 18th – “Academy Night” is open to all who are interested in applying

RSVP by calling our office at 205-980-1290.

November 6th – Completed Application Packets Due to the District Office

December 5th – Formal Interview with Academy Advisory Board

January - March – Applications due to each U.S. Service Academy

Nomination Application Packets should include the following:

  1. Recent Photograph of the Applicant 
  2. Application (Download HERE or fill out below)
  3. 1-Page List of Leadership Roles, Extracurricular Activities, Work, Volunteering
  4. High School (and/or College) Transcript
  5. ACT/SAT Score Report
    • Recipient code for the ACT: 7216
    • Recipient code for the SAT: 1205
  6. Three Letters of Recommendation

To request a nomination from our office, please complete the form below and call to verify details with Margaret at 205-968-1290.  This form is one of six items required for a completed application packet.  Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country.

Your Information

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Contact Information

What are these options?
This is to help the constituents that are hard of hearing or use a video phone alert us to that fact so we can use the proper technology when we need to call them. The default option “Voice” is a normal audible telephone.

Education Information
Test Scores

SAT Scores

ACT Scores

Academy Information

Number your preference (1 to 4) of academies — with 1 being your highest preference

An appointment to the Service Academies is based on a desire by the candidate to devote a lifetime of military service and implies recognition by the appointee of an obligation to the government to devote him / herself to a military career.

Additional Information


Please include a list of your extra curricular activities and leadership responsibilities.

Print This Form

You can print and sign this form after you click the "Generate Application for Review" button below. The address information is located on this page and also on the print preview page.  

If you use a hardcopy of this form, please send it to our district office at:

Office of Congressman Gary Palmer
3535 Grandview Parkway Suite
525 Birmingham, AL 35243.

For any questions, please call:
(205) 968-1290